No one will raise the Memorial Cup over their heads this season.
The Ontario Hockey League playoffs are toast, too, along with the London Knights’ promise for a long, glorious postseason run, all thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Monday evening, the Canadian Hockey League made the unprecedented decision to cancel the Cup tournament, set for May 22-31 in Kelowna, B.C. It’s the first time in the trophy’s 102-year history that it will not be awarded.
“We have continued to monitor the latest updates and advice from all public health agencies and medical experts and worked tirelessly to determine a scenario by which the balance of our season could be played,” the CHL said. “Unfortunately, given the troubling state of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.”
Kelowna will not get another crack at hosting duties in 2021. The Cup will be contested in either Oshawa or Sault Ste. Marie next year.
The OHL pulled the plug on its playoffs after an hour-long conference call with its board of directors.